Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses

Here at Treasured & Weathered 2010 has been fun packed.

All the people that are close to me know that I like nothing better than being knee deep in paint, fabric and a real challenge on my hands!!

To me a piece of furniture that is destined for landfill is my idea of heaven after it has been funkily up-cycled.

Some quick quirky tips from Mish:-
Why not use a beautiful chair as a bedside table.....
How about getting a piano bench and using it as a coffee table....
A gorgeous vintage mirror used as a base to reflect your collection of drinks glasses true Moroccan style....
Be daring its your home, think outside the box....
Lets add an element of surprise to every room!!
How about a quirky quote hand painted onto the wall - in the bedroom "time for bed" or "zzzzz".

Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy New Year.
Just leaving you with some pictures of the Mersea RNLI Boxing Day dip.

Till next time
Love Mish xxxx
P.S Coming soon some secrets of a clutter free nest!! ;-)

Friday, 3 December 2010

A Bright Day on the Beach

Had a lovely walk but didn't make sand castles today.

I thought the beach hut owners would be around enjoying the view, but as you can see they weren't playing ball either!!

Has someone been out painting the sand and mud white??

I'd better wrap up!!

Mish ...xx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snowy Days

Well what an early cold spell!!
Not like this usually on Mersea Island.
Just had to get out there and have fun.

Hope you are enjoying it too!!
Bye for now.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Chilly Billy

So chilly here on Mersea Island, but the frost does look rather beautiful...x
Just to update you followers - the NSPCC Fair was really fun. On my stall I had my fantastic Mummy, my Charlie boy and my Loobie Loo to help.
We had a very busy time and sold lots of my gorgeous pieces, in fact I had to call my wonderful Daddy to come and restock our little store of goodies!!xxx
A total of over £2000 raised for a fantastic cause - well done everyone!
Have a great weekend!
Love to you all....x
Mishka x
PS.  Do you need a special kissmas present?
Handmade, unusual, quirky, give me a call - 079122305 or visit my website or email me.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Pumpkin Soup Time

Charlie and I had a pumpkin growing competition but he won.


Jane's Smart Art Halloween window where I have some very "dark" blackboards on display.

Its that time of year to snuggle up to the log burner and make your face glow.

Meanwhile I'm busy flapping my fairy wings and getting all my pretties together for the NSPCC Christmas Present Fair on the 20th November. 
I hope to solve all your pressie dilemmas with my extremely personal work.
This year lots of vintage glassware and clay labels on my stall.
Please come and support this very good
Till next time! 

Monday, 25 October 2010

Coast Magazine

What a nice surprise to find Nicky and Lars beautiful Mersea house on the front cover, and a lovely article, in the latest November issue of Coast....xxxx

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Disused and Unloved Items

What a lovely day I've had once more.
Wow...... sunshine!
Early start and off to Marks Tey boot sale.
Now why is it that my friend Jenny came back without any goodies?
I however was struggling to walk with all my lovelies....x
  1. Beautiful piece of vintage fabric
  2. Four storm lanterns
  3. Two scarves
  4. Mac with fleurs 
The only thing lighter was my purse.....x                                                           
What I was really looking for was some beautiful picture frames, which I did see, but they were much, much too many pennies!!!!

A writing lesson in Dennistoun Public School on Meadowpark Street in 1916. The children are writing with chalk on cumbersome rotating blackboards.
I have a real obsession with vintage frame blackboards ( I made one at the weekend).
Now I want to sell them...!

"Putting funk into Junk"

Commissions welcome.
Till next time my Luvlies....xx

Monday, 30 August 2010

Norfolk Mini Break

My family and I went for a mini break to the seaside in Norfolk.

We stayed in Burnham Deepdale Backpackers Hostel, which I have to say was very swish, with our own bathroom.
It was really good fun cooking and socialising with everyone in the large barn/ lounge area.

Norfolk was as delightful as ever, with gorgeous coves, big sandy beaches, moderate waves and happy faces.
Charlie enjoyed kiting and body boarding.

My special friend Rachael who was staying in Wells said we must go to The Hoste Hotel in Burnham Market. Wow loved it....x

Charlie and I spent a very happy few minutes in The Big Blue Sky, Wells. A fascinating shop with everything made in Norfolk.

We visited Walsingham and took the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, a 30 minute journey to the seaside and harbour town of Wells, from the picturesque town of Walsingham, famed for centuries as a centre of pilgrimage.

It was a scenic journey with five bridges through lovely countryside with breathtaking creatures including an inquisitive hare, quails, pheasants and mother hen with her chicks...x

I have come back all inspired by the colours of the shore, marine shades of watery blue and green so I shall be using more for my statement pieces of up-cycled vintage one off finds.

Till next time.
With love x

Monday, 23 August 2010

Cobmarsh Island, Essex

Hello peeps...
It was a beautiful evening on Friday.
Charlie and I stripped off at the houseboat beach and swam all the way from our island to the little island opposite called Cobmarsh.
The water was lovely and refreshing and the fish were nibbling Charlie's feet in the rock pools by the muddy salt marshes.
We beach combed a bit then marsh hopped, covered ourselves in warm mud and swum back ..... till next time x

Sunday, 22 August 2010

New Blog Design

Hope you like my new blog design.

I've had my paint charts out again and thought these colours were more in line with my Summer beach theme.

Enjoy the good weather and get into or on the water.

Best wishes Mish x x 

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Back in Business

After three weeks my hand is feeling less painful and I can start work again.

Some new upholstered furniture items are in Jane's Smart Art Studio.

They will soon be available on my website too.

It's great to be back.......

Love Mish xxx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

My Burnt Hand

Hello my Dear peeps.

Such a lot has happened since my last blogging.

My Charlie has left his Junior school. He is such a star with a fantastic report to keep. He looked very handsome at the leavers disco and was rather popular with the girls.

I've had a burnt right hand.....

This is the second week of recovery. Still having to go to the Doctors for the little nurse to redress it for me...!!

(I was trying to make more candles for Jane's Art Studio).

I was a silly Mish as I was trying to fit too much into one day! LOL x

So now I have had some time on my (one) hand. I haven't been able to work which has been so infuriating as all these creative ideas have come into my head.

But I've been studying my paint charts every day and I have to tell you I have always had quite an obsession with them. Sometimes hoarding them until quite a pile gathers. I do find them very inspiring. What do you think of some of the names!!

  • Borrowed Light
  • Parisian Blue
  • Cooking Apple Green
  • Cinder Rose
  • Ointment Pink and heres the best....
  • Elephants Breath, thats a sort of Elephant colour !!. LOL

Anyway lovelies, thank you for all the good wishes and gifts I have received xx

Love Mish....x

Friday, 25 June 2010

Creative Recycling

With a little thought, intuition, design and some old items, it's amazing what can be rustled up.

This little sign I made last night to compliment my work on display at  Smart Art Studio.

Really looking forward to our girlie weekend next week.

Enjoy the sunshine everybody.

Love and kisses

Mish .....xxxxx

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Retail Concession Now Open in Art Studio

I am pleased to announce that some of my lovely items are on display at Jane Richardson's "Smart Art" studio in Church Road, West Mersea, Colchester.

Jane runs regular art classes for all ages.

If you are in the area why not pop in, have a polly poke nose and then a delicious ice cream in the nearby "Cake Hole".

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

New Pictures

Oh "hello" dear followers.
I have some lovely pictures to share with you.
Yes for those of you wondering where I'd got to I'm back.
Sorry but these things take time...!
Ottamon update .....she is very nearly shiny, refreshed, recovered, repainted, so take a look, let me know what you think?

So with all the "one off" pieces well underway my little "online shop" is looking very vintage but refreshed all round..!!!
Please look in the Furniture/ Objet D'art section....
Have a lovely weekend.....
Love Mishka xxx

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Finn's Birthday

A little driftwood sailing boat, specially made by me, for Finn Minter on his 9th birthday ...

Its going to have pride of place in his just finished bedroom.....

PS Lots of love to Lucy his twin (my Goddaughter) xxx

PPS I haven't forgotten the girlie thrifting trip to find a sparkly treasure !..xx

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Visitors to my Blog

Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Little Things In Life

The little things in life...... nature....finding a feather.... or in my case a beautiful "button"

I like to dress the part....
I know if I don't dress creatively then my creative juices don't flow, full stop!!
I love to wear a frock, it makes me happy!x
But hooray for bare foot, no knicker days, cause it does make life easier...Ha Ha LOL..!x
Lots of Love
Bed time reading huh?!
Oh dear, who will I vote for?!
It is, after all, very important this year!....!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Live Life Slowly

My quest is to live life more slowly and sustainably, loving every minute....xx
Now readers....... how I ramble on again.....! 
Does anyone know of any vintage rallies on locally this Springtime?

Might have to  drag the very beautiful "Maisy Morris Minor" out because as you may know she does love to poke her little nose into new places...... I call her "Polly" polly poke nose.... x
Now I love a good restoration project and resurrecting something other people see as rubbish to me is a lot of fun.... x
Recycling something that may have ended up in the landfill is so rewarding...x
This weekend is mine. I'm off work... well my proper job! It's a major chill out and I'll be painting, kind of distressing, upholstering.....stuff.....!
Much love...xxxxx
PS.. I would love to hear from you. x

Remember a single Fleur in a home can bring a lot of beauty.....x
That's all! x 

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Old Birds

I know, I know, I have been a neglectful girlie blogger.........!
If you ever need to get hold of me you will find me busy with a little old bird somewhere. I seem to have a large collection of different shapes, sizes, some ladies and some gentlemen, all very sweet and I love them all........xx (nearly all) xxx
Alternatively Charlie and I may have pottered down to the very lovely new "Cake Hole" in our village, its so well, you know meeee ....x. Its positively charming infact + of course next to the very nice "Poop Deck" (crammed full to the brim of pretty junk). I have spent a fair number of dollars in that store, very American I sound....!
Love Mishka x

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Charlie is a Manchester City Mascot

I am beaming from ear to ear.....x
A very proud moment for a mother to see her son as a mascot for Manchester City coming through the tunnel on Saturday in the home derby against Manchester United.

Yes that really is my "Charlie Boy" !x ....with his new haircut.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Eccentrics................x (me)

Hello fellow blogsters.........x
I have always loved eccentric people. People who can express themselves without a worry or care what others may think of them.
What an amazing spirit they have to be individual and different from the rest of the crowd!
Luckily I have always been able to mix with people from different walks of life......x.
I find outrageous, eccentric, funny, sweet and charming characters always tick my boxes.....LOL.
My mother says I'm potty......
Lots of love
Mishka xxx

Thursday, 18 March 2010

London Markets

In London my favorite markets are Portobello Road and of course Camden.

I can't explain the excitement and buzz of seeing and meeting funky characters.

I love thrifting from the stalls a vintage-retro frock or piece of fabric thats got real charm as it gives a fantastic thrill......................xx

Thats what I composed while day dreaming in the sunny Canaries.......xx

Lucky old Mish........xx

Monday, 8 March 2010

Painting French Grey

Well I seem to have had lots of lovely bits of junk to restore. So I set to work rubbing down and painting, painting, painting .....
Thats what Charlie and I did all day long xxx.
My bestest colour is French Grey.
Then I have to rummage through my thrifty box to find a foxy little piece of fabric that suits the objet d'art.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Two Little Stools

These two little "perfect stools" have been given a new lease of life with some "french grey" paint ......x

Beautiful vintage fabric covering has been added for you to rest your pretty bott...  Thats what I would do, if I had the time !

In a former life they were in my Gramp's and Nanna's kitchen when I was a tiny girl xxx

Friday, 26 February 2010

Visitors to My Website "Treasured & Weathered"

Locations of visitors to this page

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Vintage Vibe Junk

I'm busy in my workshop "LOL", returning pieces of junk used in a former life, into beautiful funky pieces.
  So watch this space.
Just wish I could give up the day job so I could have all day long thrifting and creating gorgeous sweet, sweet things!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Valentines Day

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Website Page

Hello Girlies

I've added lots of lovely new items to my handmade crafts.

Visit my site ....................XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Gorgeous Gifts

Hello Girlies 
I've got the perfect pressie for your girlfriends, a beautiful range of "vintage cups and saucers" filled with candle wax...... so you have a two in one gift ! x I also do wax filled jelly moulds. You can even choose the candle colour !